Cal Baseball Wins Pac-10 Opener, 13-2, Over Washington State.

March 24, 2005

BERKELEY, CA - Cal exploded for six runs in the third inning, highlighted by sophomore catcher Garrett Bussiere's grand slam, on the way to a 13-2 victory over Washington State in the Pac-10 opener Thursday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears pounded out 13 runs on 14 hits and were also led by solid pitching from senior right-hander Eric Dworkis. Cal improves to 17-9 on the year, and the Cougars fall to 15-11.

The Bears took advantage of a struggling WSU starter, James Freeman, who came into the contest with a 6-0 record. Freeman threw 2.0 innings with four hits, six runs, seven walks and a strikeout. Cal scored a run in the second inning on a RBI single by freshman first baseman Mike Van Winden. Then in the six-run third inning, Bussiere hit his grand slam over the left field wall, Van Winden had his second RBI single and sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch also knocked in a run with a single.

The Bears added four more runs in the sixth inning behind senior third baseman Matt Einspahr's two-run single, Van Winden's third RBI single of the day and sophomore left fielder Chris Errecarts run-scoring single. In the seventh, junior designated hitter Allen Craig hit a two-run homer to left-center field to give Cal a 13-0 advantage.

Meanwhile, Dworkis held the Cougars scoreless through the first seven innings with six hits, no runs, three walks and two strikeouts. WSU scored two runs in the eighth off of Bear reliever Alec Harris on a bases loaded two-run single by Matthew Thomas.

The Bears will next play the second game of the three-game series versus Washington State, Friday, Mar. 25 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Washington State: None.

Cal: Bussiere, grand slam in the third inning. Craig, two-run homer in the eighth inning.

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